Chayn’s #EmpowermentHour With Mandy Sanghera: Domestic Violence & Legal Aid

Kristin Mathiesen
Aug 4, 2016 · 3 min read

Despite international recognition of the challenges of reporting domestic abuse, legal systems and processes remain inaccessible for most victims and survivors of abuse.

At Chayn, our core focus is female domestic violence victims rights, and informing them of their options with regards to getting justice and staying safe. In many countries this kind of information isn’t easily accessible, sometimes because it’s just not provided and also because many people don’t have good access to the Internet. Women living with an abuser can experience low self-esteem, and therefore often don’t feel they deserve help or will get help. They live in constant fear of what the abuser might do them or their children if the abuser finds out they are trying to get help. This problem is massive, and we want to spread awareness and find better ways to help domestic abuse victims and survivors all over the world.

Last night volunteers from Chayn took part in #EmpowermentHour, a live chat on Twitter where the subject was legal advice for abuse victims. The host, Mandy Sanghera is a well known human rights activist, motivational speaker and Honour Based Crime Government advisor. She has spent the last 26 years supporting victims of abuse and violence, helping them rebuild their lives and feel empowered. She is amazingly resourceful, a great inspiration and truly dedicated to the cause. We were very happy to start a conversation on this and hear what people had to say.

We spent most of 2015 creating a free resource, with the help of victims, survivors and experts that helps women build their own domestic violence case without a lawyer. It’s available in English, Urdu and Italian on Chayn’s website.

We think it was an amazing discussion and lots of good points were made, but do have a look for yourself and make up your own mind.

Here are some of the best tweets from last night:

Kristin Mathiesen

I'm a Norwegian who used to live in the UK. Have volunteered for Chayn, but now I'm busy being a single mum, student and mountain goat. Life is great!

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